i dont think this issue as a whole is that bad
its certainly throwaway but not as out of left field and "hilariously wacky " as the car wash of doom skully baby robot cannibals or robo wrasseling
( keep in mind that i actually like the space circus issue )
it feels more a step between serious and wacky because it coudl have been a good story
and budiansky regains his "mojo" for the cybertron redux 2 parter
i remember that sticker album !
in fact i still have it
its in deplorable state but complete and readable
Actually, this isn't the only story with no Autobots. Several of the 5-page black and white stories (including a couple of Earthforce ones) have no Autobots.
There's some even before then too IIRC - Dry Run and Altered Image have none and I think they're only in a brief flashback in Buster Witwicky and the Carwash of Doom.
The US G2 series adds some more, not least due to its format.
@Snowcat: It sounds like you enjoy the story for the same reasons I don't, which is cool. I'd just prefer either a serious story or one that fully embraced its silliness rather than one that falls between stools.
@Bouncealot: Ouch, serious brain fart on my part.
well part of it is my nostalgia speaking this was one of the first tf comics i read
but also because its not as bad as what is yet to come ( plight of the bumblebee afterdeath anything with circuit breaker ) or what came before ( i have never been a fan of raiders of the last ark ) its a servicable story and does what it set out to do in 22 pages
not as great as dinobot hunt warriors school or repeat performance maybe but just servicable
your transformation page seems to list this one as issue 49 instead of 51 btw
I enjoyed this issue, which was #13 here. I found Joey Slick to be a likeable enough character, surprisingly. Like the people in his neighbourhood, I didn’t mind him when he was a nobody, a low-level mafia-connected errand boy who didn’t have to hurt people. And while I’m not wild about him robbing people, the fact that he was careful to not kill or hurt them shows some decency, deep down.
You’re right about Don Perlin being better at drawing people than Transformers, although sometimes his Transformers weren’t bad. From 1984 to 1989 my only exposure to Perlin was through the Transformers comic, and when in 1989 I read a She-Hulk comic he’d drawn, I was surprised at how good the art was.
I have a soft spot for Robotix, both the cartoon and the comic. The cartoon, while not super-interesting, has great animation and the aforementioned Transformers voice actors. The comic, which IIRC only had one issue, had decent Herb Trimpe art and Janice Chiang lettering (which is always a plus). The coolest-looking Robotix was Tyrannix, who seemed to be the “Starscream” of the group.
I forgot to mention the Panini stickers. They were awesome. I didn’t even have the accompanying album until a few years ago; I just loved that there were high-quality screenshots of the cartoon! I also had some Panini stickers for GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men (1992). I still treasure them.
Is this story kind of inspired by the Beyonder hanging out with mobsters in Secret Wars II? (the issue which had Circuit Breaker in it, no less)
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe